· In "a rare coordinated move", the Federal Reserve and other major central banks from around the world slashed interest rates "to prevent a mushrooming financial crisis from becoming a global economic meltdown." The central banks of Britain, China, Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland also cut rates. The Bank of Japan said it strongly supported the actions. U.S. stocks fell for a sixth straight session and most overseas markets plunged.
· Orlando becomes the latest city to offer domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian city employees.
· Super producer, rapper and fashionista Kanye West salutes Ellen Degeneres' style. " 'You have really great style,' the rapper told DeGeneres on her talk show Tuesday. He then addressed the audience, advising, 'Seriously, this is one of the people you should look at whenever you're trying to figure out how to put together an outfit, especially for guys.' DeGeneres, wearing one of her usual menswear-inspired looks, laughed as he insisted, 'I would completely wear [that].' "
· E! Online's Ted Casablanca on Kanye: "Gotta say, it's really refreshing to see a tough rapper so at home with the gay stuff. ... Pretty sad if his über-success suffers any simply cause of his frequent associations with the homo boys 'n' girls. Could happen, especially when a person like Sarah Palin can make an entire career out of denouncing the same.
· More gay couples have married in
· Supporters of California’s proposed same-sex marriage ban are out-raising their opponents—and that means there is a higher chance the amendment will pass. Both sides are wooing Latinos. "The Yes on 8 side began airing a commercial on dozens of Spanish television stations that warned that children would be taught about gay marriage if the proposition was not approved. The spot features a little girl whose class reads a fairy tale about a prince who can't find a princess to marry—so instead he marries a prince. Campaign officials said the ad would begin airing in English soon too."
· Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Barack Obama leads John McCain 47 percent to 45 percent. This is within the MOE of 2.8 points. Four percent of voters say they are still undecided.